Cauliflower Pizza

I have heard so much about cauliflower pizza but was always a little skeptical. The typical gist when it first became an internet sensation was that the crust wasn’t crunchy enough. So I waited … and I finally found a recipe that I decided I’d give a try.  I changed up the recipe just a tad because I used what I had on hand and seasoned it a bit more with what I liked.
For the most part I followed the general recipeexcept I used reduced fat parmesan and did my own blend of spices within the pizza crust.
The most tedious part of this pizza was cutting up the cauliflower and pulverizing it in the food processor. Then again, I have a little peanut of a food processor so I had to do small little handfuls at a time. But once that was done, it was easy-peasy. Cooking the cauliflower in the microwave and straining the water out of it was simple. Although I will say, trying to get little rice size bits of cauliflower off a white kitchen towel was an interesting feat.  The greatest part?
The ENTIRE crust alone was only 8 points plus values! If the serving is cut down into 2, half the crust is 4 points plus values. Quite a drop in stats considering the calories/Weight Watchers points plus associated with pizza crust!  Here’s how I doctored my crust up a bit:
          ¼ cup reduced fat parmesan cheese
          ¼ cup shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
          1 egg, beaten
          1 small head uncooked cauliflower
          ½ tsp salt
          ½ tsp black pepper
          1 ½ tsp garlic powder
          1 tsp oregano
          ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
When the crust was done I decided to top the pizza with ½ cup Barilla traditional spaghetti sauce (because it’s what I had on hand), 1/3 cup Kraft fat free mozzarella, 6 slices of Hormel turkey pepperoni, a few slices onions and peppers and some banana pepper rings. I returned the pizza to the oven just for the cheese to melt and when done, I cut it up to serve.
After all the toppings my entire pizza was 11 points plus values! Quite a steal considering 1 slice of your average take-out pizza is 7 points plus values.
Final verdict? The pizza was quite good … the crust wasn’t as crispy and crunchy as regular pizza crust and you could definitely tell it was cauliflower but it wasn’t bad.  Would I make it again? Sure, thing.

Garlic Naan Pizza

I originally purchased Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan after seeing it posted on Instagram (see that post here). Around that same time, I started seeing garlic naan pizza from a fellow instagrammer who has as much of a love for Trader Joe’s as I do.  That of course imprinted on my brain and I had wanted to try it since.  I finally got around to planning having garlic naan pizza … and having garlic naan pizza I did!
I always fawn over DiGiornio’s garlic bread pizza but now I can have my own version at home which is far less guilty – plus it can be personalized however I want it. Another great part is that my little personal pizza is done in a matter of minutes after a trip into the toaster oven.  So how did I assemble my pizza?
1 frozen garlic naan, 2 tbsp pizza sauce (I used Trader Joe’s), 1/3 oz Kraft fat free mozzarella, 4 slices Hormel turkey pepperoni, and a few sautéed peppers and onions. Delicious, simple and only 5 points plus values!

Meatball & Pepperoni Pita Pizza

This is a special little treat I had made for myself for nearly half a week. I was in the mood for pizza, but since I was trying to be “good” and not order out pizza I decided to make some healthier pita bread pizzas for myself.  They turned out to be delicious, extremely low in points and nailed the pizza want on the head.
I used 2 Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Breads and between the two bases topped it with ¼ cup canned tomato sauce that I doctored up with a bit of spices (salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic, Italian seasoning). I then divided out 1/3 cup of Kraft Fat Free Shredded Mozzarella and topped each pizza. I had some thick cut turkey pepperoni in the fridge so I took 2 slices (0pp) and cut it into quarters and topped each pizza. I then took 1 Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatball and cut it up into pieces and topped my pizzas with it. Since I enjoy my pizza with veggies I cut up some red onion and sprinkled it over the top.
I popped the pizzas in a 350 degree oven for roughly 8-10 minutes and took them out when the bread was crispy. They were perfect, tasty and delicious. Plus they were a guilt-free 5 points plus values! 3 for the pita, 1 for the meatball and 1 for the cheese.
Winner winner, pizza dinner!

DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Pepperoni and Peppers Pizza

Pizza is one of my favorite foods, so I like to keep frozen pizza on hand incase dinner/lunch plans go array.  This past weekend I really felt like pizza so I opted to pull out a new pizza to give it a try.  While grocery shopping a few weeks ago I purchased the DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Pepperoni and Peppers Pizza.
I was surprised to see a true thin crust pizza on the shelf by DiGiorno. I realize there are frozen pizza companies that sell “thin crust” pizzas which truly aren’t what thin crust pizza is supposed to be. What interested me even further is that the pizzas for the most part contain 2 servings.  I opted to go with the pepperoni and pepper figuring my boyfriend would share it with me (which he did).
The pizza itself is pretty good. The sauce although isn’t what I typically expect from DiGiorno (or perhaps their Pizzeria! line has totally spoiled my taste buds).  It’s mediocre in the sauce department, meaning it tastes more on the plain side than packed with flavor and seasoning.  Topping wise it’s on point. There’s a good amount of cheese and the pepperoni and peppers are plentiful and are scattered over the whole pizza.   The crust is thin, but thick enough to give you a nice moderately puffy crust (which is my favorite)!. Size wise, it’s smaller than an average DiGiorno pizza, it’s about the size of a medium pizza.  Alongside a side salad it’s a perfect meal.
A serving is ½ the pizza, which is 370 calories or 9 points plus values.
Have you tried any of the new DiGiorno thin and crispy crust pizzas?

Banana Pepper Ring Pizza

There are times when you want pizza … but you don’t want the “typical” toppings that come on pizza. In that case, you order a Banana Pepper Ring Pizza!
We have a local pizzeria in town which is essentially Little Caesar’s prime competition. The pies are slightly smaller but they’re made the same, etc.  The one unique thing about this pizza shop is that they offer a variety of toppings and one of my all time favorite pizzas has banana pepper rings on it.  Banana pepper rings are a mildly hot pepper, which can come off as tangy versus hot. They take a plain cheese pizza and truly transform it into a delicious and different treat.
Typically with pizzas that I don’t normally have I will put a slice on my scale, get the ounces or grams and find a similar pie on e-tools. And with these, it’s comparable to Little Caesar’s so it was 7 point s plus for a slice.
What is your favorite pizza topping?

Pepperoni, Sausage & Green Pepper Pita Pizza

Last week my boyfriend and I were in the mood for pizza … but I particularly wanted a lighter pizza.  Since we had some leftover pita bread from a local Lebanese bakery I decided pita bread pizzas were in order. So that’s exactly what I whipped up for us.  Since the bread is thinner than your average grocery store pita bread, the crust becomes a thin and crispy crust.  The pita is pretty large in size, so it makes the illusion of a small/medium sized pizza.
If you don’t have homemade pita bread available in your area, you can substitute using tortillas, thin crust pizza shells (Biboli or Archer Farms brand – but these will make multiple serving pizzas), or Flat Out thins.
I used a whole pita, ¼ cup Ragu Robusto spaghetti sauce, ¼ cup fat free mozzarella, 3 slices of Hormel turkey pepperoni (diced), ¼ cup Jimmy Dean turkey sausage crumbles, and 4 slices of bell peppers diced.
It was perfect, filling and delicious.  The greatest part is the whole pizza was only 7 points plus values!
Do you like making lighter versions of pizza at home?

DiGiorno Pizzeria! Primo Pepperoni Pizza

Ever since I tried the DiGiorno Pizzeria frozen pizzas my boyfriend and I have been obsessed with the line.  I did a mini review on the Supreme Speciale which is my favorite from the line that I’ve tried so far.  My boyfriend likes pepperoni pizza the best, so we’ve purchased a few of these (check the DiGiorno website for $2 off printable coupons).
Back in my “hay day” DiGiorno rising crust pizza was one of my favorite frozen pizzas.  That is, until I joined Weight Watchers and I found out 1/8th of a rising crust pizza was a serving and that serving was about 9 points at the time.  That was not worth it so for the longest time I straight up refused to purchase DiGiorno pizza.  I swayed over to thin crust pizzas, etc … that is until this delicious line hit grocery sore freezer shelves.
This is the first line of pizza that I had found that was what I consider points plus friendly, had a significant puffy crust, great tasting sauce and yummy toppings.  The top is a little greasy, but it’s what you’d expect with any pepperoni pizza.  The crust is lightly seasoned, which is out of the norm for frozen pizzas.  I also found the pepperoni pizza is child approved … we had a pizza “party” with my niece when she came over and she quite enjoyed it – so much that she had two slices!

The greatest part is 1/4th of the pizza is only 9 points plus values.  Quite a steal, if you ask me, especially since I am a die hard pizza lover.
Have you tried any of the DiGiorno Pizzeria! pizzas?

Trader Joe’s Pizza Veggie Burgers

I saw these Pizza Veggie Burgers advertised on the Trader Joe’s website as a new product and I was intrigued.  I’m a fan of veggie burgers but I only like certain brands of veggie burgers.  I’ve tried pizza veggie burgers in the past and it was a complete fail, but I figured Trader Joe’s very rarely lets me down.  Low and behold when I went into Trader Joe’s they were offering a demo (as they do all the time) and the product in the demo was the pizza veggie burger with marinara sauce.  One bite and I was hooked and into my cart both products went.
The pizza burgers are made with tomato basil and mozzarella cheese.  I opted to heat my burger up in the microwave – but you can heat it up on the stove top as well.  I topped it with some homemade pizza sauce I had whipped together for dinner that night.
It was so delicious.  The burger tastes like pizza would – saucy, cheesy and just delicious.  Topped with some extra sauce it’s just a party on a plate.  I’m not biased at all when I saw this is one of the best pizza veggie burgers I have ever tried.  When I finish the rest of the box, I will undoubtedly be purchasing another box.
Each burger is 130 calories – 3 points plus each. Well worth it, in my opinon.
Have you tried the Trader Joe’s Pizza Veggie Burgers?

Little Caesar’s Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza

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This is what happens when you have the pickiest eater in the world for a boyfriend.  Nothing sounded good to him to have for dinner.  The soup I was having he wouldn’t touch because it was bean based and – well, he doesn’t really like beans.  So in asking what he’d like for dinner he mentioned deep dish pizza.  He tried the Deep Dish Pizza from Little Caesar’s a week or two ago and has been in love since.
My boyfriend only eats pepperoni pizza, so of course he ordered a deep dish pepperoni (which is $8 and apparently now it’s part of their “hot and ready” line because it’s getting more and more popular – even though they just came bout about 3-weeks ago).
The great thing about this pizza is that each side of the pizza has a crust because they are baked in smaller pans, the pans then cut into 4 slices – each box containing 8 slices.  I am a huge crust lover and I think this pizza is quite delicious.  And better yet, it’s only a few points higher per slice than Little Caesar’s regular pepperoni pizza.  A slice of pepperoni deep dish will run you 10 points plus.  Worth it, especially if you’re craving deep dish and don’t want to throw 25+ away on a personal deep dish from a spot like Uno (Chicago style).
Have you tried the new Little Caesar’s pizza?

Mystic Pizza – House Special

This is what you get for dinner when you are hungry, at the grocery store and decide you just really don’t want to cook when you get home (especially when it’s late and dinner would have taken an hour to prep and serve).
I texted my boyfriend and asked him if pizza sounded fine.  I was carousing the frozen pizza section (because I admit, it’s my favorite food) and spotted a new type of Mystic Pizza so I decided to grab it. I’ve had Mystic Pizza in the past and I’ve found it’s one of the better frozen pizzas – not my favorite, but I definitely prefer it over many brands.  This particular one stated it was “larger family size” which was interesting, because I know from previous experience the Mystic brand frozen pizzas tend to be on the smaller side.
The House Special had pepperoni, meatball, sausage, green & red peppers, onions and mushrooms on it.  Supreme pizza was my all-time favorite pizza back in my hay day and by looking at the nutritional information and finding it was pretty point friendly, I immediately decided this HAD to be dinner.  Not only did it have all the toppings I enjoy, but it was only 7 points plus for 1 1/5th of the pizza.  Perfect!
I baked it up, cut it up and served and we were all impressed with the product.  Delicious, flavorful and two thumbs up.  Definitely a repurchase next time I am in the mood for a supreme pizza.
What is your favorite frozen pizza?